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Indoor Air Quality: 5 Ways You Can Fight Spring Allergies

Achoo! Spring allergies are in full swing, and if you're one of the unlucky ones that get to experience it, you're not alone. Fortunately, there are ways you can fight those awful spring allergies - and it begins inside your home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, your indoor air can be 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air. And because we spend roughly 90% of our time inside, according to the EPA, it's important we focus on improving our indoor air quality. Here are the top 5 ways you can fight spring allergies and improve the quality of the air you breathe.

1. Ventilate When Cleaning

If you're like most Americans, you're likely planning on doing some spring cleaning this season. When you do, make sure you ventilate your space - especially if you're using cleaning products that contain chemicals, or other toxic components. You can open some windows and doors and use fans throughout your home to ventilate the area while you clean.

2. Change Your Air Filters

You should get in the habit of changing your air filters regularly, like once every 1-3 months. When your air filters become clogged with debris, dander and dust, all of those pollutants then circulate throughout your air. New air filters can not only vastly improve your indoor air quality, but it can also help your HVAC system work better.

3. Invest In An Indoor Air Quality Solution

Humidity control is often forgotten about, but it is an important factor to consider when it comes to your indoor air quality. In fact, improper humidity levels can wreak havoc on your health - and your home. Contact your local heating and cooling contractor to install a humidification system in your home that'll help you achieve the perfect humidity level. Say goodbye to spring allergies once and for all! Peter Levi has the following indoor air quality solutions to offer you:

4. Keep Allergens Outside The Home

If you suffer from asthma or allergies, then you know just how difficult the springtime can be with all the increased allergens in the air. You want to make sure you're keeping allergens where they belong - outside. Some tips to keeping allergens outside include:

5. Clean Regularly

Last but not least, make sure you are cleaning your home regularly. This means vacuuming carpets and rugs often with a vacuum cleaner. You'll want to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter for the best results. Also, don't forget to dust: windows, blinds, air vents, and more. By cleaning regularly, you can really help improve your indoor air quality and fight those frustrating spring allergies.

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HVAC Maintenance: A Handy Spring Cleaning Checklist

As you start checking items off your spring cleaning to-do list, make sure you don't forget about HVAC maintenance! There are many things you can do to ensure your heating and cooling unit is working properly for you all season long. The last thing you want to deal with is a broken AC unit in the middle of a hot Northern California summer, am I right? This checklist will help make sure that doesn't happen!

1. Change Your Air Filters

Overtime, your air filters get clogged with dirt and dust. That's why it's recommended you change your air filter every 1-3 months. When your filter gets clogged, your HVAC unit will have to work much harder to pull air through. This can cause a strain on your unit, and also lead to high energy bills. Improve your HVAC unit's efficiency and your indoor air quality by changing your air filter this spring.

2. Clean Around The Outdoor Unit

Do you have an outdoor unit? If so, then you want to make sure nothing is obstructing the airflow. Over the winter months, leaves, debris, dirt, and tall grass have all likely accumulated around your unit. This built-up debris could not only interfere with your unit's airflow, but it could also impact its overall performance. When you're cleaning around your outdoor unit, also clean the condenser. You can use a water hose to spray off any loose debris. The condenser is a key element of your air conditioning system, as is the evaporator and compressor. You definitely don't want any performance issues heading into the hot summer months!

3. Clean Your Air Vents

Your indoor air quality and your HVAC unit go hand-in-hand. A dusty home can cause a lot of issues, especially for those living with respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. Return air vents tend to accumulate quite a bit of dust and dirt as air passes through. That's why it's always a good idea to keep up on cleaning them, as that air then circulates throughout your home. Consider using a rag or vacuum to get rid of that buildup.

4. Seal Windows and Doors

Do you feel drafts coming through your windows or doors? Have you noticed any gaps? When your windows and doors aren't sealed properly, it can not only let outside air in, but it can also lead to high energy bills. Both of these things can be quite annoying! By sealing your windows and doors, you can ensure that none of the air that's coming from your AC unit slips out the windows - and no warm air makes its way inside.

5. Schedule An AC Tune-Up

Last but not least, you should schedule your annual AC tune-up this spring. Each year, you should plan to have your unit cleaned and inspected by a professional technician. They can help catch problems early on before they become major (and costly) issues. Not only that, but they'll ensure your unit is running at optimal performance all summer long. Avoid breakdowns this summer by scheduling your annual tune-up with a pro at Peter Levi today.

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